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Meaning & Definition of Can in English

English

Can

/kæn/

noun

1. Airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.

    synonym:
  • can
  • ,
  • tin
  • ,
  • tin can

2. The quantity contained in a can

    synonym:
  • can
  • ,
  • canful

3. A buoy with a round bottom and conical top

    synonym:
  • can
  • ,
  • can buoy

4. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

  • "He deserves a good kick in the butt"
  • "Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    synonym:
  • buttocks
  • ,
  • nates
  • ,
  • arse
  • ,
  • butt
  • ,
  • backside
  • ,
  • bum
  • ,
  • buns
  • ,
  • can
  • ,
  • fundament
  • ,
  • hindquarters
  • ,
  • hind end
  • ,
  • keister
  • ,
  • posterior
  • ,
  • prat
  • ,
  • rear
  • ,
  • rear end
  • ,
  • rump
  • ,
  • stern
  • ,
  • seat
  • ,
  • tail
  • ,
  • tail end
  • ,
  • tooshie
  • ,
  • tush
  • ,
  • bottom
  • ,
  • behind
  • ,
  • derriere
  • ,
  • fanny
  • ,
  • ass

5. A plumbing fixture for defecation and urination

    synonym:
  • toilet
  • ,
  • can
  • ,
  • commode
  • ,
  • crapper
  • ,
  • pot
  • ,
  • potty
  • ,
  • stool
  • ,
  • throne

6. A room or building equipped with one or more toilets

    synonym:
  • toilet
  • ,
  • lavatory
  • ,
  • lav
  • ,
  • can
  • ,
  • john
  • ,
  • privy
  • ,
  • bathroom

verb

1. Preserve in a can or tin

  • "Tinned foods are not very tasty"
    synonym:
  • can
  • ,
  • tin
  • ,
  • put up

2. Terminate the employment of

  • Discharge from an office or position
  • "The boss fired his secretary today"
  • "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
    synonym:
  • displace
  • ,
  • fire
  • ,
  • give notice
  • ,
  • can
  • ,
  • dismiss
  • ,
  • give the axe
  • ,
  • send away
  • ,
  • sack
  • ,
  • force out
  • ,
  • give the sack
  • ,
  • terminate

Examples of using

Where the hell can he be?
I can resist everything except temptation.
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